Berkshire Bank Hires Industry Veteran Carmine Guarino as Senior Vice President...

Berkshire Bank Hires Industry Veteran Carmine Guarino as Senior Vice President for Greater Boston

Guarino Brings Leadership, Community Involvement at the Highest Levels and Extensive Retail Banking Experience Continuing Berkshire's Momentum

Boston, MA – Berkshire Bank, headquartered in Boston, today announced the appointment of Carmine Guarino as Senior Vice President, Retail Branch Banking and market leader for the Bank's Greater Boston region. In this position, Guarino will work with Berkshire's Boston leadership team to develop market strategies for building client relationships with a strong community focus.

"We're excited to welcome Carmine to Berkshire Bank," said Tami Gunsch, EVP and Director of Relationship Banking. "Carmine's long-term local experience in retail banking, coupled with his strong commitment to serving the Greater Boston community, makes him a great asset and cultural fit." Carmine comes to Berkshire Bank with experience and resources to support Berkshire's continuing market growth and success in Eastern MA.

Prior to Berkshire Bank, Guarino spent 33 years at Citizens Bank holding senior leadership roles, most recently as Senior Vice President Retail and Business Banking. He was responsible for managing all retail branches and business banking teams in the Boston region, and played a role in developing and implementing CNN (Citizens Networking Now), a program focusing on increasing collaboration between the retail and commercial bank.

As a lifelong resident in Boston's North End, Guarino is active in his community. He serves as a board member of University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership. He is a member of North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council and the Emerging Leaders Program. In addition, Carmine has hosted and produced an Italian Language radio program, which he began 31 years ago.

Guarino holds a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from Northeastern University and a MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Suffolk University. Mr. Guarino can be reached at (617) 702-6136 or CGuarino@berkshirebank.com.

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About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $11.6 billion in assets and 113 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2017 by the Boston Business Journal To learn more, visit www.berkshirebank.com, call (800) 773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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